ECC Helps Launch DOE Minorities in Energy Kick-Off
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
On September 24, 2013, the Department of Energy kicked off its Minorities in Energy Initiative, a new program launching a national dialogue to address the pathways forward in expanding engagement of minorities in the energy sector. The event was held in conjunction with the Energy Department's Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Commemorative Program. Secretary Ernest Moniz brought together representatives from diverse community organizations, academia, business, and industry to provide their individual perspectives to address shared challenges in the areas of energy economic development, STEM education, and climate change. ECC was represented on the Climate Change panel breakout session by our EC Los Angeles program manager, Veronica Soto. Veronica provided background on ECC’s minority contractor green building capacity program and the importance of connecting minorities to jobs and business opportunities in the green building sector.
Historically, minorities and women have been vastly underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields that drive the energy sector. In the U.S., Hispanics, African Americans, and American Indians make up 24 percent of the overall workforce, yet only account for 9 percent of the country’s science and engineering workforce. The Minorities in Energy Initiative seeks to reverse this troubling trend by working to inspire underrepresented Americans to pursue careers in energy and supporting their advancement into leadership positions. Click here to hear remarks from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the launch of Minorities in Energy.
The Energy Department's mission speaks to all sectors of the economy, and our energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges must be addressed by engaging all the best and brightest individuals in our country. The initiative will be a continuous conversation between several federal agencies and private partners, with Energy at the helm. Visit their website for updates on the new initiative as it continues to evolve.